gobi pakora or cauliflower fritters – one more pakora recipe for the monsoon time and more to come.
monsoon is one of the best time to enjoy fried food like pakoras, chole bhature, tikkis, chaat, samosa and so on. i know many folks don’t like fried foods. if you are calorie conscious or avoiding fried food, then the option is to bake the pakoras, which i have tried but not with successful results.
since monsoons are in full swing here, i am making a lot of fried snacks these days at home. its always better to enjoy the snacks made at home than to eat outside during monsoon season.
but in this recipe i have marinated the gobi before deep frying them. the idea came to me when i had made mushroom tikka with besan/gram flour where the mushrooms were marinated first and then grilled.
here the gobi/cauliflower is marinated with the spices first and then dipped in the gram flour batter and fried. these gobi pakora are crisp in taste and should ideally be eaten hot. if you are having them as snacks then pair them with a cup of hot masala chai or coffee.
gobi pakoras can be served as a side dish or even as starters with tomato sauce or pudina chutney or coriander chutney. they can be had plain or with roti or even with bread. i served the gobi pakoras with dry pomegranate chutney and some rotis.
gobi pakora recipe details below:
- 1 medium sized cauliflower (phool gobi)
- 2 cups gram flour (besan)
- ½ tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
- ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida powder (hing)
- 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1 pinch baking soda (or baking powder) - optional
- water - add as required to make a thick flowing batter
- oil for deep frying or shallow frying the pakoras
- rock salt or regular salt as required
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala to sprinkle from above
- ½ teaspoon lemon jucice to be sprinkled (optional)
- 1 or 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish (dhania patta)
- boil enough water with salt.
- break or chop the cauliflower in medium sized florets.
- rinse them well and add them to the boiling water.
- switch off the flame and let the cauliflower florets be immersed in the water for 10-12 minutes.
- drain and then marinate the cauliflower with red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, garam masala powder. mix very well and keep aside for 8-10 minutes.
- in another bowl, make a smooth batter with the besan/gram flour, asafoetida, baking soda or baking powder, salt and water.
- heat oil in a kadai or deep fryer.
- take each marinated cauliflower and dip in the batter.
- coat each floret with the batter and add these in the medium hot oil.
- fry till the pakoras are crisp and golden evenly.
- drain on paper towels.
- serve the gobi pakora hot or warm with any green chutney or sauce, sprinkled with chaat masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.
another way to make these gobi pakoras is without marinating them. just mix everything except the cauliflower and prepare the batter. dip the gobi florets into the spiced batter and fry the gobi pakoras.
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